A New Age of Partnership & Innovation
A lot has changed since we gathered in San Antonio back in February 2020. Unprecedented challenges have rocked our nation and impacted nearly every aspect of our lives, both inside and outside the gate. But through it all, one thing has remained constant – the commitment of defense communities to support our military installations, missions, and families. This past year has taught us that the critical issues facing installations and military families do not recognize the fence line.
We must define a new normal for installations and defense communities. One that places partnerships and innovation front and center. This is what the Installation Innovation Forum has always been about, and that mission is now more important than ever.
IIF General Sessions: Introducing Challenge/Solution Forums
Featuring top leaders and subject matter experts from DOD, the services, communities and industry, these featured sessions will dive into the top key issues facing installations and military families and explore the innovative efforts underway across the country to address them.
Installations are often the “bill payer” when it comes to the defense budget, forcing installation leaders to make hard decisions about where to invest limited resources. Faced with a growing list of internal and external infrastructure challenges, installation managers must devise innovative strategies, policies, and partnerships to achieve mission assurance.
In 2019 DOD submitted a report to Congress stating that two-thirds of the military’s operationally critical installations are threatened by climate change. In its assessment of those installations, the Army, Navy, and Air Force reported that that flooding, drought, wildfires, sea-level rise, and other extreme weather events such as hurricanes posed severe threats to mission assurance. The threat of climate change has continued to increase, and DOD is taking a hard look at how they can work with communities and the private sector to build installation resilience.
Our military relies on a complex network of roads, buildings, facilities, utilities, and land—both on and off-base—to provide the critical training and power-projection platforms needed to protect our nation. It is vital that installation and community leaders understand how this network operates, what the vulnerabilities are, and how it can be strengthened to advance mission assurance and readiness.
The availability of childcare for military families has become a key challenge for each of the services. Like all the tough issues facing installations and military families today, it cannot be solved without a one-community approach that leverages the resources of both DOD and defense communities.
Service members and their families across the country are feeling the sting of the hot housing market as they move to new duty stations. Many are paying out of pocket for longer stays in temporary lodging, waiting longer for on-base housing, and paying hundreds of dollars more per month for rentals than their housing allowance covers. For many who want to purchase a home, it means offering tens of thousands of dollars above the asking price and bidding against multiple buyers in a fiercely competitive market — and often losing out to higher bidders.
08:00 – 11:00 | Service Pre-Conference Town Halls
11:00 – 12:15 | Lunch
12:15 – 13:00 | Opening General Session
13:00 – 13:20 | Networking Break
13:20 – 14:05 | Breakout Sessions
- Federal Grant Opportunities for Communities: What’s Out There Beyond DOD?
- Reinvigorating Installation MWR
- Moody Air Force Base and Lowndes County, GA: The First DOD Intergovernmental Support Agreement Still Blazing New Trails
- Building a One-Community Telecommunications Network: An Innovative Partnership between Fort Carson and Colorado Springs, CO
14:05 – 14:25 | Networking Break
14:25 – 15:10 | Breakout Sessions
- Goodfellow AFB and the City of San Angelo – Building the One Community Model
- Strategies for Building a Military Family-Friendly State and Community
- Leveraging the Natural Environment to Create Resilience
- Now is the Time to Prepare: Wargaming Installation Mission Assurance Scenarios
15:10 – 15:30 | Networking Break
15:30 – 16:15 | Breakout Sessions
- The First Blanket Intergovernmental Support Agreement: How the Alamo Area Council of Governments and Joint Base San Antonio Took Partnerships to a Whole New Level
- Future of Work: How Have the Pandemic and Remote Work Capability Changed the Game?
- Army Futures Command Software Factory Shared Space
16:15 – 17:00 | General Session
17:30 – 19:00 | Welcome Reception (offsite)
07:30 – 8:30 | Networking Breakfast
08:30 – 09:15 | General Session
09:15 – 9:35 | Break
9:35 – 10:20 | Breakout Sessions
- Understanding the Building Blocks of a Military Installation Resilience Plan and the Role Communities Play
- 3-D Printed Barracks: A Texas National Guard Model for the Future
- Improving Military Child Education Opportunities: What’s Working at the Local Level?
- Military Families in Crisis: How can Communities and Installations Partner to Address Addiction, Mental Illness, and Domestic Abuse?
10:20 – 10:40 | Networking Break
10:40 – 11:25 | Breakout Sessions
- Next Generation Partnerships
- Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program – Lessons Learned and Best Practices
- Banshee Training and Air Force Labs: A partnership between Hanscom Air Force Base & the State of Massachusetts to Accelerate Critical Defense Research
- The Northern Virginia Regional Intergovernmental Support Agreement
11:30 – 13:00 | Networking Lunch
13:00 – 13:45 | General Session
13:45 – 14:05 | Networking Break
14:05 – 14:50 | Breakout Sessions
- Army Installation Strategy Implementation
- Vandenburg Space Force Base, CA: Welcome to the STARBASE Program
- Implementing National Military Spouse Support Programs at the Local Level
14:50 – 15:10 | Networking Break
15:10 – 15:55 | Breakout Sessions
- Cyber Security Infrastructure: Protecting Critical Assets and Mission Readiness
- Altus AFB, OK: How a Large Installation Partners with a Small Town
- Enhancing Your Defense Sector: Economic Development Strategies for Communities & States
- Army Utilities Partnerships: Red Stone Arsenal, Rock Island Arsenal, and Fort Carson, and Fort Hunter-Liggett
16:00 – 16:20 | Networking Break
16:20 – 17:05 | Breakout Sessions
- U.S. Air Force Academy & the City of Colorado Springs: Partnering to Manage Stormwater and to Preserve Endangered Species
- Army Partnership Award Winner Spotlights
- Defense Community Infrastructure Program – Lessons Learned and Best Practices
17:10 – 17:55 | Breakout Sessions
- Facilities Maintenance: Fort Carson and the City of Fountain, CO
- The Battle Against Forever Contaminants: What’s Being Done to Combat PFOA & PFOS Groundwater Contamination?
- Using Intergovernmental Support Agreements to Improve Quality of Life
- Joint Base Andrews, MD SparkX Cell Innovation Center: Bringing Tomorrow’s Tools to the Warfighter Today
18:00 – 19:00 | Happy Hour
07:30 – 8:30 | Networking Breakfast
08:30 – 09:15 | General Session
09:15 – 10:00 | Breakout Sessions
- Using Hybrid Energy Technology to Advance Resilience
- Installation & Defense Industry Supply Chains: A New Strategic Imperative
- The Rise of Regional and State Defense Alliances: How Communities are Organizing at Higher Level to Support their Defense Sectors
10:00 – 10:20 | Break
10:20 – 11:05 | OLDCC Townhall
11:05 – 12:05 | ADC Policy Agenda Town Hall (Members Only)
Assistant Chief of Army Reserve
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy
Director, Defense-State Liaison Office
CAROL ANN BEDA
Director, Strategic Basing at United States Air Force
Performing the Duties of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Housing and Partnerships)
Executive Director, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
LTG JASON EVANS
Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9
DR. LYNETTE FRAGA
CEO, Child Care Aware of America
LTG DOUGLAS GABRAM
Commanding General, U.S. Army Installation Management Command
CEO, Higher Ground Education
Deputy Director, DOD Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation
COL. HARRY HUNG
Deputy Commander, Joint Base Langley – Eustis, Va.
VICE ADM. YANCY LINDSEY
Commander, Navy Installations Command
Director at Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation
Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Strategic Integration
Executive Vice President for Defense, AT&T
Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability)
Information & Technology Director, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9
MAJ. GEN. JOHN WILCOX
Commander, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
MAJ. JACQUE VASTA
Air Force Personnel Section Commander, Kinderspot Program
All IIF Sessions and Meetings will be held at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.
Note: This is not the same Hyatt property IIF used in 2020.
Availability limited to Monday – Wednesday. Sunday SOLD OUT.